On Tuesday evening May 3rd2016, at 7:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Parish Center, Follen Road, Lexington, there will be a presentation and discussion about two Biblical references, first the Hebrew Scripture’s admonishment to “Love the stranger” and then the Christian Scripture’s pressing question “Who is my neighbor?” The presenters will be Deborah K. Rambo, President of Boston Catholic Charities and Marjean A. Perhot, Director of Refugee Services, also from Catholic Charities. This is the fourth annual event of the “O’Donohoe Lecture Series,” a memorial to honor the late Fr. James A. O’Donohoe, a longtime priest of Sacred Heart Parish, professor of Moral Theology and Canon Law at Boston College and well known medical ethicist in the Boston medical community.
The topic is a timely one in terms of present world conditions. Debates and discussions abound about the international response to this world-wide tragedy involving the immigration crisis and the plight of refugees around the world. Both groups have been thrust from their homes in their search for hope, safety and life throughout the world. Our own country is also struggling about our awareness of, and response to these moral tragedies regarding the plight of immigrants and refugees.
Deborah Rambo and Marjean Perhot are longtime social work professionals, working at Boston Catholic Charities. The agency is part of nation-wide network of Catholic Charities comprising the largest private network working with the U.S. State Department in the resettlement of refugees in the country. Catholic Charities also provides a range of services to support immigrants in their search for stability in their new environment.
While donations are accepted, there is no admission charge for the evening’s activities. All are welcome to learn, question and participate in the discussions, which will be followed by a period of fellowship and hospitality.
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